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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
Beaumont and Fletcher
 
  Calamity is man’s true touchstone.  1
  Devil take the hindmost.  2
  Discretion / And hard valour are the twins of honour, / And, nursed together, make a conqueror; / Divided, but a talker.  3
  Discretion, the best part of valour.  4
  Man is his own star, and the soul that can / Render an honest and a perfect man, / Commands all light, all influence, all fate; / Nothing to him falls early or too late.  5
  No friend a friend until he shall prove a friend.  6
  Nothing is a misery, / Unless our weakness apprehend it so; / We cannot be more faithful to ourselves / In anything that’s manly, than to make / Ill-fortune as contemptible to us / As it makes us to others.  7
  Nothing is thought rare / Which is not new and followed; yet we know / That what was worn some twenty years ago / Comes into grace again.  8
  Our natures are like oil; compound us with anything, yet still we strive to swim upon the top.  9
  There is a method in man’s wickedness, / It grows by degrees.  10
  They that are above have ends in everything.  11
 
 
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